Woolorama 2017 - Fri 10 and Sat 11 March
WA's largest regional agricultural show
Over 350 commercial exhibitors; over 1000 sheep, cattle, horses and chooks in competition; working sheep dogs; hourly fashion parades; art, photography and crafts in competition; education options; side shows; free entertainment; lifestyle displays; woolhandling and shearing competitions; markets; current and future rural industry products and services; travel products; smoke free environment; indoor and outdoor displays; 20,000 visitors; massive local community effort; family friendly;
THE PLACE TO BE!
POULTRY AND POLITICIANS
Just inside the main entrance gate (West Gate No. 2) you’ll find poultry and politicians on Kitchener Street.
If you are a visitor and approach the showgrounds from Ag Society’s parking paddock, go through the entry gate, past the sheep dog trials and you’re there.
The State election and Wagin Woolorama share in common Saturday 11th March 2017. Show patrons can have every confidence that they will be able to cast their vote at the showgrounds.
Early Polling will be available at the show, with the polling place open on both Friday and Saturday. Polls will open from 8.30 on Friday and 8am on Saturday, both days closing at to 6pm.
Not surprisingly, it has not been difficult to rent ground space to the political parties, especially in the vicinity of Gate 2. As at any polling place, there is an exclusion zone of 10 metres from the footpath to the entry to the polling place which will be utilised.
Preparations have been thorough and the Wagin show committee anticipates no difficulties with the need for show patrons to cast their vote during Woolorama. The WA Electoral Commission has sufficient staff to manage the numbers of people who will be casting absentee votes.
A full height wall has been put in place to more adequately seal the poultry exhibits from voters. A working bee has been held to construct trestles to place the bird cages on, considered preferable to the straw bales used in previous years.
Poultry head steward, Keven Nordstrom, who has worked with a lot of show committees finds Woolorama’s committee the most progressive and the most professional. He appreciates all the support he gets for his section and the willingness of volunteers to help in construction. He thinks the reason for the success of the poultry section is the prize money offered and the appointment of interstate judges.
The poultry judge for 2017 will be Mr Mal McDougall of Bundaberg, Queensland. The birds are judged on their conformity to type, their condition and colour. It’s expected that 340 birds will be entered in the 49 poultry classes. The competition invites producers of eggs to exhibit too.
Ten or twelve people volunteer their time to ensure the poultry section is successful and that the birds are well cared for. The section, now in its fifth year, has increased enthusiasm amongst local poultry owners and sparked interest in breeding and showing.
Picture: Head steward of the poultry section, Keven Nordstrom, with Joe O’Brien, the new head steward of the work sheep dogs. Joe, new to Wagin from Mt Maqnet, is a poultry breeder making his own political statement.
Message of Welcome from the Woolorama President.